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~March 2005 ~  


9 March PRESENTATIONS Notorious or Meritorious Women in our family history
13 April  OLIVE LAWSON The Good Wards of Windsor
11 May CATHY McHARDY Let's publish our own book!
8 June CHRISTINE YEATS Probate & Deceased Estate records(State Records)
13 July BABETTE SMITH The Convict System - an overview of NSW, VDL & WA - TO CONFIRM
10 August To be advised
14 September To be advised
12 October To be advised
9 November To be advised
14 December To be advised

Meeting held 2nd Wednesday of the month at 10am in the Tebbutt Room, Windsor Library



A PhD candidate at Curtin University of Technology at Perth WA, Kylie Veale, is currently researching the use of the Internet for genealogy by people in USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia & the UK for a PhD thesis. She's is asking family historians to assist her by participating in her study. The survey (& information sheet) is available online at http://igcs.survey.curtin.edu.au and available until 10 April 2005. Results of the survey will be sent to all participants after collation.


Thursday 24th March 2004 at Windsor Central Library, Dight Street 10am-4pm. Clean out your cupboards & bring in your 2nd hand items. Then visit the book sale and grab a bargain. Prices start from 20c.


There will be a number of local activities taking place in the Hawkesbury to celebrate the National Trust Heritage Festival. For more info pick up a program or check www.nsw.nationaltrust.org.au  Some local events are as follows :

  • Hawkesbury Historical Society will be leading a WILBERFORCE CAR DRIVE on Saturday 16 April 2005 leaving the Museum at 10am. You will see an old Chinese market garden, an old butcher's shop and abattoir, colonial cottages, Macquarie schoolhouse and lunch at "Reibycroft" the home Mary Reiby built for her daughter, Penelope. Price is $8 per adult, $12 per family. The tour price does not include lunch, however lunch is available at "Riebycroft" for an additional cost. Please ring Hawkesbury Regional Museum 4577-2310 to book. Advance bookings are essential for catering purposes.
  • "HISTORY OF TIZZANA WINERY" Historical talk & morning/afternoon tea on Sunday 10 April 2005 at Tizzana Winery, Tizzana Road, Ebenezer. From aboriginal times, through early farming on land grants until properties were consolidated by Dr Fiaschi into a single property. Fiaschi planted vines in 1882 & then built the winery & residence in 1887. The current owners rebuilt and restored the building into a working winery & residence after a fire destroyed the building in 1955. The talks will commence at 11am & 2pm. Entrance $10 (profits to be donated to the National Trust) Bookings 4579-1150.
  • Friends of the Hawkesbury Art Collection & Regional Art Gallery Inc has organised the "ARTISTS' TAIL...IN THE STEPS OF THE MASTERS" on Sunday 10th April. This is a 4 hours bus & walking tour to places in the Hawkesbury made famous by Streeton, Condor etc. Price includes morning tea, brochure & bus. Booking essential by 29 March. Ring 4577-4440.
  • WISEMANS FERRY IN THE 1830s presented by the Convict Trail Project & Baulkham Hills Council. Come along on the 9 April at 2pm & hear a talk about the people living in Wisemans Ferry and the sites associated with them. Car tour. $5 per vehicle. Bookings essential contact 9489-3603.
  • SINGLETON'S CEMETERY WALK, WISEMANS FERRY presented by Neil Chippendale with John & Jocelyn Powell. Will start at the cemetery & end at the Wisemans Ferry Inn. Saturday 9th April at 10.30am, free. Bookings
    essential 9847-6726.


If you are interested in Sydney, check out this new project at http://www.dictionaryofsydney.com.au/ From art and architecture, to people and politics, to waterways and wildlife, the Dictionary of Sydney will become the place for telling the story of Sydney, from its prehistory to the present. If it happened in Sydney then it belongs on this site. Cultural institutions and individual scholars will be invited to contribute to the dictionary. It will incorporate new scholarship as well as be a focus for known information about the history of Sydney. There will be opportunity for members of the public to submit suggestions for entries. If you want to be added to their mailing list to keep upto date about this project send an email to: dictionaryofsydney@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au


Rod & Wendy Gow have added some new links to their web site, for each of their newspaper indexes, listing the names of people mentioned in each index. If the name you are researching is mentioned & you would like to know how many entries or further details on the place & event just drop Gow's an email and they will let you know. Their website is http://www.ceinternet.com.au/~rgow/ then click on the newspaper or book title, you are interested in and follow the links.


Free searching of the Western Australian births, deaths and marriages is now available online. Go to http://www.justice.wa.gov.au click on the Births, Deaths and Marriages link, and then choose the Family History link & then select the Western Australian Pioneers Index 1841-1905 from menu on the left. The direct link is http://www.justice.wa.gov.au/portal/server.pt/gateway/PTARGS_0_2_323_201_0_43/


Penrith City Library's History Conference will be held on 16 April 2005, and the theme is "Our Military Connections". Speakers include: Dr. Carol Liston as Keynote speaker, Peter Chinn - military & police presence across the Mountains, Carol Bailey - The Nash family, Dr. Ruth Rae - Nurses of World War 1 (local nurse A. M. Kellett) Jan Herivel - Military establishments in the local area. Lorraine Stacker's book Chained to the Soil on the Plains of Emu will be relaunched. Contact Lorraine Stacker for more information at lstack@penrithcity.nsw.gov.au or Danielle if you wish to attend daniellee@penrithcity.nsw.gov.au Cost: $50 (includes morning/afternoon teas & lunch)


Society of Australian Genealogists Showcase will be held Friday 27 & Saturday 28 May 2005 (10am - 4 pm) in Kent Street, Sydney. This year the focus is those just starting their family history, plus helping the more seasoned researcher. Stalls, displays & talks. Tickets on sale on 1 April at $10 for one day or $15 for both days or $15 on the day. Contact SAG on (02) 9247 3953 or 120 Kent Street, Sydney. More info & ticket orders online at www.sag.org.au


Descendants of the original A. A. Co workers & the founding families of the Stroud area are invited to the AA Co 100th celebration of the handing over of the Showground, Stroud Common & Silo Hill to the peoples of Stroud. Celebrations will be held with the Annual Stroud Show on 1st-3rd April 2005. Descendants of AA Co. workers & founding families of the Stroud area are invited to participate. The celebrations include a Street Parade with an invitation to family descendats to participate in. For details email stroudshowsecretary@hotmail.com or contact: Show Secretary, PO Box 20, Stroud 2425



Descendants of the Matthew James and Elizabeth (nee RIMES) family are invited to a Family Reunion from 11 am Sunday, 13th March 2005. Location is Dargle Farm, River Road, Lower Portland, (the old Chester Smith's property). BYO picnic lunch and any family memorabilia. Plenty of parking & shelter, kiosk open. or more details please contact : Everingham Family Association, PO Box 1039, Ashfield NSW 1800 or Anne Sullivan 02 9326-3290 or Rhonda Pilkington 02 9716-8991


Pearce family descendants are invited to a reunion on the 14th August 2005 at Richmond Club. Associated names:- Davis, Brindley, Shields, Reid (Reed), Fogarty, Hough, Clough, Watts, Palmer, Kroehnert, Clemson, Ezzy, Riley, and many more too numerous to print. Book for sale on the day. Contact Jan Mathieson for more information on jlm8@bigpond.com.au


Descendants of Samuel Piggott/Pickett (Charlotte 1788) & Mary nee Thompson (Lady Juliana) are invited to a reunion on Easter Saturday 26th & Easter Sunday 27th March 2005 in Pitt Town. Associated names include Bradshaw, Brownlow, Browning, Bruce, Campbell, Carroll, Cattell, Drayton, Hall & Warwick. For more details contact Mrs P. Ferguson, 79 Perry Drive, Chapman ACT 2611 fergcanb@alphalink.com.au


A reunion of the immigrants who arrived on the "Constitution" in Sydney in 1855 will take place on the 17th July 2005, from 10.30am - 4pm. This includes descendants of Thomas Saunders died 1905 aged 87 & his wife Mary Annie nee Brown who died 1893 & lived at Tennyson (Sallys Bottoms) for many years and are buried at North Richmond. The reunion will be at North Head Quarantine Station, & the Governor of NSW will officially launch the event. For more information contact : Robyn Faulkner (descendant of Thomas & William Green Saunders) Ph (02) 48428145 or Email mikenrob@bigpond.com


As you may be aware our book "Cross Country"was released November 2003 and is still available $65, CD $25. Since then further books are nearing completion, with more detail, stories and photos. The first, "Cross Country - The Douglass Direction", the descent of Charles & Rose's second child, Mary Ann, who married William Douglass, will be ready at the next Reunion. All books & cd's must be prepaid before the closing date of 4th April 2005. Due to the size it will be printed in two volumes - each volume is indexed. Cost 2 vols $55 + $9 P&H, CDs $15 if purchased with book or $25 without. Send order & cheques (made out to CROSS/FLOOD FAMILY ASSOCIATION) to: Judy Dicker, 19 Millgrove Place, Buderim 4556. The next Cross/Flood Reunion will be held on Sunday 26th June 2005 at Ebenezer Church, Coromandel Road, Ebenezer from 10am. Bring a picnic lunch. For more info contact Judy Dicker (above) or email Lois Newman mrnewman@pacific.net.au


Saturday 21st May 2005 (10am - 9pm) at Castlereagh Hall, Castlereagh NSW. Contact Eileen Reid for more information (02) 4573-2679 or check out website http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~ropepulleyfamilytree/index.html


Saturday 17th September 2005 at St James Anglican Church Hall, Pitt Town. Contact Bev Woodman on 02 49468491 or bevpwoodman@ozemail.com.au

Surfing the internet**. Sites for family historians

Members with internet access should check out the following interesting sites. The Library has free access to the internet, contact 4560 4460 for bookings at Windsor & 4578-2002 for Richmond.

Penrith's Local Index Database includes Nepean Times 1882-1962 ~ http://opac.penrithcity.nsw.gov.au/ipaclocalindex/searchNewspaper

St. Mary's Registers.com.au (South Creek) ~ http://www.stmarysregisters.com.au

Australian Shipping 1788-1968 ~ http://www.blaxland.com/ozships/

Dating old photographs ~ http://www.cartes.freeuk.com/fusion.htm

From A Distant Field : The Living Edition On The Internet (Version 7.7) - Repository of details of descendants of EDWARD & ELIZABETH FIELD ~ http://www.pcug.org.au/%7ecfield/distantf/

Family History Quiz ~ http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/trail/familyhistory/family_trees/family_quiz_entry.shtml

~ Let us know of sites, that you have tried with (or without) success ~


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